New Jersey mixed martial arts fans will get to see several area favorites take to the Octagon when the Ultimate Fighting Championship comes to the Garden State in March, but with an abundance of middleweights in the promotion, two teammates will have square off when Team Renzo Gracie’s Nick Catone and AMA Fight Club’s Dan Miller meet at the Prudential Center at UFC 128.
The fight was confirmed today to MMADiehards by both camps and adds two more New Jersey fighters to a card that already includes other Jersey fighters like Ricardo Almeida, Jim Miller, and lightweight Kurt Pellegrino.
Dan Miller is coming off of a split decision victory over Joe Doerksen earlier this month at UFC 124. After a three fight skid with losses to Michael Bisping, Demian Maia and Chael Sonnen, Miller is now riding a two-fight winning streak.
Catone is nearly a year removed from his last fight, a split-decision victory over Jesse Forbes at UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz, last Jan. 11. Injuries forced Catone (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) to miss scheduled fights with John Salter and Tomasz Drwal in 2010, and he was recently cleared to train with intentions of fighting in his home state on the UFC 128 card.
Meanwhile, Dan’s brother, Jim, will be fighting on home turf at the March 19 event. The news of his lightweight bout with Kamal Shalorus at UFC 128 was reported earlier today by MMA Weekly.